El Dorado

El Dorado

John Wayne
Director: Howard Hawks Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
, James Caan
James Caan
Howard Hawks

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed)

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Having struck pay dirt with his 1958 western Rio Bravo, Howard Hawks more or less remade the picture twice in the 1960s. The first of these rehashes was El Dorado, with Rio Bravo star John Wayne back for more. Wayne plays a gunfighter who rides into El Dorado to link up with his old pal, sheriff Robert Mitchum ("It's the big one with the big two!" declared the film's advertisements). Wayne has turned down a job with evil land baron Ed Asner, who'd hoped to drive a family off the land that he needed for its water. That family, headed by R.G. Armstrong, is convinced that Wayne is working with Asner; when Armstrong's son Johnny Crawford dies, Wayne is held responsible, earning him a bullet in the spine from Crawford's sister Michele Carey. A year passes: Wayne returns to El Dorado, in the company of his new saddle pal James Caan. They find that Asner is still up to his old tricks, and that Mitchum has descended into alcoholism. Several plot twists and power shifts ensue, leading to the slam-bang climax, with the partially paralyzed Wayne, the newly crippled Mitchum (on crutches), and the concussion-suffering Caan battling together to stave off Asner's minions. The final long-shot, of Wayne and Mitchum limping off together arm-in-arm, is one of the most enduring images in the entire Hawks canon. If they loved it twice they'll love it thrice: in 1969, John Wayne and Howard Hawks teamed up for a third Rio Bravo derivation, Rio Lobo--which, like the first two films, was scripted by Leigh Brackett. Incidentally, that's famed artist Olaf Weighorst (whose paintings appear in the title sequence) in a cameo as the gunsmith.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2017
UPC: 0032429268143
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 3,976

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Cole Thornton
Robert Mitchum Sheriff J.B. Harrah
James Caan Alan Bourdillon Trehearne (Mississippi)
Charlene Holt Maudie
Michele Carey Joey MacDonald
Paul Fix Doc Miller
Ed Asner Bart Jason
Arthur Hunnicutt Bull Harris
R.G. Armstrong Kevin MacDonald
Christopher George Nelse McLeod
Marina Ghane Maria
John Gabriel Pedro
Robert Rothwell Saul MacDonald
Robert Donner Milt
Adam Roarke Matt MacDonald
Victoria George Jared's Wife
Anne Newman Saul MacDonald's Wife
Johnny Crawford Luke MacDonald
Olaf Wieghorst Gunsmith
Anthony Rogers Dr. Donovan
Charlita Actor
Don Collier Deputy Joe Braddock
Chuck Courtney Jared MacDonald
Nacho Galindo Mexican Saloonkeeper
Betty Jane Graham Actor
Buzz Henry Actor
Riley Hill Actor
Rodolfo Hoyos Actor
Frank Leyva Actor
Ruben Moreno Actor
Lee Powell Actor
Dean Smith Charlie Hagan
Rosa Turich Rosa
Ralph Volkie Actor
Christopher West Actor
Danny Sands Actor
Linda Dangcil Actor
William Henry Sheriff Tod Draper (uncredited)
John Mitchum Jason's Bartender
Chuck Roberson Jason's Gunman
Jim Davis Jim Purvis

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Carl Anderson Art Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Leigh Brackett Screenwriter
John R. Carter Sound/Sound Designer
Farciot Edouart Cinematographer
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Helmick Producer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Nelson Riddle Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup
John M. Woodcock Editor

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